The purpose of an Educational Assistant is to assist all students they come into contact with to become as independent as possible. All students require some type of extra support during their progress through the educational system. This support may be in the form of any one of the following services: Educational Assistant, Classroom Teacher, Co-Teacher, Learning Services Teacher, Speech Language Pathologist, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Aboriginal Family/Student Support Worker, Occupational/Physiotherapist, Counsellor, Vision Specialist, etc. The list of supports is vast and varied, but the educational assistant works with all these professionals to ensure that the supports a student needs are implemented in a manner that allows for optimum skill development and success towards personalized learning goals.
Educational Assistants are assigned to a school each year. Educational Assistants are assigned to students based on the needs found in each school as determined by the school principal and the school’s learning services team (At Elementary this includes the L.S.T. and other district learning services if necessary and at Middle and High School this in school team is much larger, encompassing counselors, L.S.T.s, program teachers, etc.).
Educational Assistants provide services to all students but bring skills sets that span a variety of educational and behavioural needs. As principals and their ‘in school learning services teams’ discuss student needs in the school; decisions for placement of educational assistants are made based on the educational training of the E.A.